Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday condemned what it alleged was the use of “brutal and indiscriminate force” by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The heartless killing of young Kashmiris daily constitutes yet another dark chapter in the long inhumane history of India’s illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir,” the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.
Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a top commander were killed in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, even as five civilians died during clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies near the encounter site.
The FO said “India will not succeed in misleading the world community through its propaganda campaign painting the just, legitimate and indigenous Kashmiri struggle for self-determination as terrorism,” adding that Pakistan remains in full solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
“We urge the international community to take cognisance of the brutal repression and massive violations of human rights taking place in IoK (Indian-occupied Kashmir) and to use its influence with India to bring an immediate end to the culture of impunity that has been fostered there for seven decades,” it said.
Pakistan also called upon the world community to play its rightful role in promoting a just and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
“We believe this is a sine qua non for durable peace and stability in South Asia,” the FO said.